Published On: Wed, Jan 11th, 2017

JUST IN! Senate Leader Dismissal: Ekweremadu May Be Next (See Mindboggling Details)


The immediate past leader of the Senate, Ali Ndume, has decried the way he was removed as leader saying it could be anybody next.

Relying on a point of order at plenary on Wednesday, Mr. Ndume in a thank you message said that his removal while he went to pray had given him grave concerns.

The Senate on Tuesday announced the removal of Mr. Ndume as the Leader of the Senate and his replacement with Ahmed Lawan. Mr. Ndume said that just as he was removed as leader without being given a chance or confronted with any allegation, anybody including the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, could be next. Mr. Ndume, however, said that he had accepted the decision of the Senators stressing that he was no better than any other senator to occupy the position of leader.

“I was not found wanting for anything that I know. “Because of the unity of this senate that is more important than myself, three times I offered to resign and if that will bring peace but I believe that God’s time is the best.

“You are one of those that even warned me here to stop saying that I will resign, but yesterday I was not around, change of leadership was announced.

“In fact if the number of those that lost confidence in me is not up to this number and I am made to know I will resign because I did not become a senate leader in other to lose confidence of any of you. “I am concerned about the loss of confidence because as far as I know I have not done anything. “But then just like that the Senate caucus has the right to say we have lost confidence in you and I think that should be now that I have said it I think it’s on record that I did not do anything, none to the best of my knowledge. “If today, just like that without telling somebody and he goes out, If it is Ndume today and it’s ok it may be God forbid Ekweremadu tomorrow,” he said. He however stressed that it would have been better if he were confronted with the allegation rather than taking such a decision in his absence. He added that if as little as 10 of his colleagues had disclosed the loss of confidence, he would have resigned honourably.

He however thanked his colleagues for the confidence and the opportunity he had been given over the last year so serve as leader of the Senate.

“When I was nominated as the Senate leader I said one thing at that time and I want to repeat today that as a Senator I am not better than anybody here and I also want to believe that all of us are equal in this Senate.

“I thank God for the way and the courage God has given me to carry-on with my responsibility for the one and half years that God said is my time as the senate leader. “So, I want to thank unanimously especially my colleagues for the confidence you had in me.

“I thank God that throughout my service as the senate leader, most of the times my colleagues casually will say leader we are proud of you.

“This Senate is an institutions that we must protect. How do you protect the institution is to obey the rules and the tradition.

“So, what I am saying is that anytime our colleagues erred in one way or the other we should be given the chance to say look this is what we did and therefore we have lost confidence in you. “But I thank God since there is nothing and I am grateful for that.”

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